John Risk is chair of the firm's Professional Self-Regulatory Bodies Practice Group. He practises in the areas of professional regulation, and corporate and commercial law for not-for-profit organizations.

John has over two decades of experience finding practical solutions to legal and regulatory issues for not-for-profit organizations and institutions in the health care and broader public sectors. He has a well-rounded and versatile skillset, having worked in private practice, in-house as a General Counsel, and in senior positions in government. His expertise includes corporate governance and by-laws, quality assurance matters, health facility regulation, enterprise risk management, operational policy and procedures, privacy, and commercial service agreements.

John has considerable experience providing opinions on statutory interpretation and preparing legislative submissions to government, including the drafting of proposed regulations.

John is repeatedly recognized as a leading practitioner in Health Care Law in Best Lawyers in Canada.

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in Health Care Law

Appointed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to an independent review of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan’s Out-of-Country Program, 2007

Called to the Bar
  • Ontario (2001)
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 1999
  • M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 1992
  • B.A. (Hons.), Queen's University, 1990
  • Certificate, Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies, Harward University, 2013

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Rolling the Dice: Random Selection in Regulation”, Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation Spring Workshop, Toronto, ON, May 29, 2019
Speaker, “The Perils of Prediction: Lessons for Regulators in the Age of Big Data”, WeirFoulds LLP Regulated Professions and Industries Client Seminar, Toronto, ON, November 14, 2018
Speaker, "Hot Topics in Regulation", Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation, Toronto, ON, June 27, 2018
Speaker, "Privacy and Consent in Congregate Care: What is the Role of SDMs?" Congregate Care: Legal Issues Facing Residents, Families & Substitute Decision Makers, Ontario Bar Association, June 8, 2018
Speaker, "Mitigating the Risks in Risk Management: A Practical Approach" Advancing Senior Care, AdvantAge Ontario, Annual General Meeting and Convention, April 17, 2018
Speaker, "Navigating the Regulatory Landscape", Together We Care, Ontario Long Term Care Association & Ontario Residential Communities Association Annual Conference, April 10, 2018
Co-Speaker, "Regulators and Risk Management", WeirFoulds LLP Professional Self-Regulatory Bodies Seminar, November 8, 2017 (with Karen McGovern, College of Nurses of Ontario)
Co-speaker, "Abuse, Safety, and Regulation: Protecting the Rights of Older Adults Living In Retirement Homes and Assisted Living", Canadian Elder Law Conference, November 3, 2017
Speaker, "Moneyballing Regulation: The Promise and Pitfalls of Analytics in Risk-Based Regulation", CNAR 2017 Conference, October 4, 2017
Speaker, "Care Homes, Retirement Homes, and Long-Term Care Homes", EPCOH Members' Meeting, Oakville, Ontario, March 23, 2017

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Bill 160: Major Initiatives of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care”, Lexis Nexis “Risk Management in Canadian Health Care”, December 2017 (with Debbie Tarshis)

The Regulation of Ontario Retirement Homes: A Primer for Elder Law Advocates in Ontario and B.C.”, Canadian Centre for Elder Law, November 2017 (with Heather Hogan)

“Consent to Treatment Package”, Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010

“Model Accommodation Agreement Package”,Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010

“Model Purchase of Services Agreement Package”,Toronto: Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, 2010

“Records Retention Toolkit: A Guide to the Maintenance and Disposal of Hospital Records”, Toronto: Ontario Hospital Association, 2007

“External Review of the Ontario Health Insurance Plan’s Out-of-Country Program”, Toronto: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2007 (with Mary Catherine Lindberg)